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What Makes Art Beautiful: Why Do We React to Art?

It is not uncommon to see someone at an art gallery sitting on a bench admiring a painting for hours or hearing about someone spending thousands of dollars on a piece of fine art. However, what is it about art that makes people do these certain things and react in this certain way? What is the beauty of art that people can’t seem to step away from? Here are 3 reasons why art is beautiful and makes people feel different emotions.

 

UNIVERSALITY

Every piece of art that has ever been created has some aspect of universal being one way or another. Regardless of its form, art always conveys a message that the creator wants us to see or hear. When that message is received properly, emotions of all sorts will spark for its audience. Everyone has a story to tell and behind every piece of artwork, there is always a meaning. Even as simple as the artist capturing a beautiful view is enough for a viewer to connect with and reminisce on a common or similar experience sending them back down memory lane. Behind every art piece, there is something behind the scenes driving the artist to create a beautiful masterpiece to perfection. 

 

A beautiful piece of art is one that conquers the theme but also pays homage to it.” 

-Robert McIntosh

COLOURS

 

Colour helps create an illusion of space on a blank canvas. We have trained our brains to associate colors to something we are familiar with in the real-life world. For example, we associate blue with water and sky and green with grass and nature. When we change the way these colors are used to not imitate what we see in the real world, we stop and stare for just a little longer. Because art is so expressive and limitless, a color play can help any piece of art stand out. All colors come from a color wheel where the spectrum ranges from cool to warm. It is important to consider the color wheel when creating art because certain colors may appear darker or lighter depending on what color it is placed next to. Side by side, colors that are close together on the wheel harmonize with each other, and complementary colors make artwork visually demanding. Strategic pairing is important and makes a difference in communicating with its audience.

 

 

TEXTURE

 

The texture an art piece gives off is important in making it stand out. Highlights, shadows, and other light elements all play a part in creating texture in art pieces. Whether it be a photo, painting, or sketch, you can create depth and texture by simply even just adjusting the shadows and highlights. The more texture the art piece gives off, the more depth will show creating the illusion of it being three-dimensional. Many oil paintings have thicker lumps of paint in certain areas giving it a 3d effect drawing lots of attention towards them. Making art more three-dimensional will help draw in your audience and capture their attention. Allowing people to feel like they are part of the artwork makes people that much more intrigued and more likely to connect with it.

 

 

Beauty is subjective and there are many reasons why one may view art as beautiful while some may not. However, follow these tips that will help guide you in the right direction to make something that draws in the attention of the naked eye. 

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